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Aroma Trades Studies for the 21st Century

By: Tony Curtis, University of Plymouth
Posted: March 17, 2009, from the March 2009 issue of P&F magazine.

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The “aroma trades” constitute a global supply chain bringing flavored and fragranced products to enhance consumers’ enjoyment around the world. Within the supply chain is an army of specialists required to maintain and develop the industry. These specialties include: engineering, evaluation, finance, flavor development, perfumery, information technology, marketing and many more. In consideration of this diversity of roles and subsequent conversations among members of the International Federation of Essential Oils and Aroma Trades (IFEAT), the need for an overarching framework of skills and knowledge for professionals in the industry became clear. A new academic subject area, aroma trades studies, was required.

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